Mother Africa survived the trauma of clanging chains of captivity during SLAVE TRADE , shackles of colonialism and winced from beatings of hard bolt nut clenched fists of apartheid. Children and grandchildren of Mother Africa watched helplessly her sorrowful dance to the acoustics of sufferance. Still , Africa remain resilient against beauty - smashing punches from kindred’s of neo-colonialism : global village, digital revolution and consumerism .Mama Africa’s groin is ripped apart by her triplets totalitarian regimes, economic malaise and moral decadence. Today Mother Africa of pyramids , Africa of Nefertiti , Africa of Lumumba , Africa of Mandela ,Africa of Kambarage , Africa of Lithium , Africa of diamond and Africa of uranium wallow in murky waters of poverty ,chronic civil wars and deadly epidemics .Young and established poets contributing to this Brave Voices Poetry Journal 65 Edition, AFRICA IS A POETRY REPUBLIC dipped pen tongues into dimples and crevices of our Mother Africa . The poetic tongues then spat their snort of satire and the saliva of paradox onto our mental inboxes. Tonight, we are pilgrims to the poetry gods and goddesses, we trudge through shrines of metaphor, altars of irony, mountains of hyperbole and forests of rhythm until we reach to the zenith of the POETRY REPUBLIC-Africa .( Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal).
CAROLYNE M.ACEN is a rising and prolific verses carver, literalist and spoken word artist. When you read through her lines you easily can easily fall from metaphorical seizures and allegoric epilepsy .Her poetry is heart throbbing and brain thumping . You need to armor yourself with poetry combat as you get trapped in the spiritual realms of poetic gods or goddesses . I want to say Acen’s verses flow rapidly like gushing river. Blood rippling. Heart ripping. Acen is surely an Afro-Floetic Queen. Uganda you birthed a Poetic Queen. Makerere here is a new petal of Ugandan literary revolution. For submissions ,more information and creative vibes contact the Curator/Editor MBIZO CHIRASHA at firstname.lastname@example.org,
MIOMBO- Good morning Lagos . Good Morning Abuja . Good Morning Soyinka . Good morning Adichie . Good morning Nigeria .Nigeria your other name is POETRY. Last night I received a pouch full of kolanut :Poetry. STAR OKPEH is a Young Nigeria Poet of class. She writes precise though skin peeling and mind boggling verse. Nigeria I say to … Continue reading STAR OKPEH , Nigeria’s Rising Princess of Verse.
Netherlands remains a haven of artistic, creative and literary excellence. The birthing and growth of Demer press added literary glory to the glowing literary scene in Holland .Hannie Rouweler’s Demer Press is making waves in the publishing industry and has become an international independent publishing trailblazer. Demer press has since taken an international approach in … Continue reading Demer Press is A POETRY REPUBLIC!
DICTATOR’S SONS - Milking the state until udders bleed. Black market moguls farting wind of rich diamond ore. Fat cats belching out ethanol and malt whisky. Political siblings singing faking new revolutionary gospel. Dictator’s sons took after their autocratic demigod. Frying corruption frikadels in shame sodden parliament chambers. Swigging extorted coffee on nepotistic wet cabinet … Continue reading Journal 52:DICTATOR’S SONS
Litfest Harare is one remaining literary Book, Writers and Poetry Festival in Zimbabwe. It is a festival of international acclaim that has since attracted Poets , Writers ,Literary Critics and the Academia from around the globe United States of America , Ireland , United Kingdom , France and Africa for the past four years. This year … Continue reading LITFEST HARARE one of Africa’s top Writer’s Fete
MIOMBO KALABASH -Despite devastating social ills, escalating moral decadence and rampant economic failures .Zimbabwe has grown into a Poetry Republic like Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria .Budding Poets including one amazing bundle of talent ,Nkosiyazi Kan Kanjiri continues to cuddle his pen to breath out metaphor , satire , hyperbole and paradox: Poetry .Iam … Continue reading NKOSIYAZI KAN KANJIRI: ZIMBABWE’S RISING GRIOT.
Demer press recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of international publishing , global literary arts networking , poetry and cultural exchanges .The mesmerizing event was greased with metaphor and verse by a rare breed of mesmerizing poets from around Netherlands and Europe .Hannie Rouweler , the organizer and the founder of Demer press , Netherlands set … Continue reading 2018 is the YEAR OF DEMER PRESS AND HANNIE ROUWELER by Mbizo Chirasha
Black South Africans have a lot of stories to tell and to write.Their stories are heart rending,nerve wrecking, thought provoking,memorable and timeless.People in black townships have suffered a great deal and has experienced several traumas that include discrimination , rape , violence , educational poverty , material poverty , hunger and displacements .These people have been also at the receiving hand of political propaganda , oppressive apartheid era regime, zealotry, expediency and corruption . They have become pawns pimped by preceding regimes of black and white leadership. Black township communities have many stories for their people. These stories remain both knowledge libraries and literary heritage for generations . The book is the best place where stories,experiences, challenges and solutions should be placed in.
Literary tourism is the soul beat of our villages and cities. In 2017 the EThekwini formerly City of Durban was awarded the City of Literature status by UNESCO through the Creative Cities Network and it has become the first African city to garner this acclaim. EThekwini boasts of a myriad of literary arts exhibitions … Continue reading LINDA MBONAMBI( ABM unit of eThekwini Municipality) AND HIS PASSION FOR BOOK AND LITERARY ARTS CULTURE by Mbizo Chirasha,